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Seeking Board and Committee Members

As we proceed through 2016, we must plan for 2017 and the need to fill existing and expected voids in leadership and volunteer positions. Remember that  volunteering just two hours per week can improve your health. If you’re interested in filling one or more of the following positions, please contact us:

Manages Friends of Midtown’s budget, handles deposits, pays expenses, and creates monthly treasury reports. This is a Board position and requires monthly Board meeting attendance. [tentatively filled]

Records minutes at Friends of Midtown Board meetings, so this is a Board position and requires monthly meeting attendance. [tentatively filled]

Runs monthly committee meetings and organizes community service projects, including community cleanups, MLK Day of Service, and planting and maintenance of flower barrels. Representation of Friends of Midtown with Clean & Green Harrisburg preferred, but not required. This could be one or two Board positions and requires monthly Board meeting attendance. [one spot filled]

Looking to fill two positions: one to complete small graphic design projects, including advertisements, posters, and event flyers, on a monthly schedule. The other would maintain our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter and update our Web site. One is a Board position requiring monthly meeting attendance. The other requires coordination with the Communications cochairs, but presently does not require meetings. Which of these two positions is a Board position and which is a Committee position does not matter. [filled]

Runs monthly committee meetings and organizes fun events, including the Outdoor Film Series partnership with Midtown Cinema, National Night Out, Halloween Haunted House, and Santa in Midtown. One position definitely open, with a second potentially. This is a Board position and requires monthly Board meeting attendance. [filled]

Maintains membership database, issues welcome packets to new members and new homeowners, notifies members of lapsed memberships. This is a Board position and requires monthly Board meeting attendance, but certain tasks may be delegated to a Committee volunteer, so non-Board volunteers are also welcome. [filled]

Improvement District
This ad hoc committee is looking for up to fifteen interested individuals from broad economic, geographical, and racial demographics: homeowners, renters, non-resident property owners, business owners. and nonprofit representatives. The purpose of this committee is to explore the idea of creating a Midtown Improvement District, as has been proposed in different incarnations in the past. Minimum of two or three hours expected per month.


2016 Midtown May Market Map

On May 14, Friends of Midtown is coordinating its fourth annual Midtown May Market a combination yard sale and fundraiser waffle brunch.

The Midtown-wide yard sale, scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., is coordinated with other organizations and businesses. We have over a dozen households signed up, plus we anticipate multiple participants at 3rd and Verbeke, organized by Midtown Square Action Council and Historic Harrisburg Association, and about two dozen vendors scheduled to sell in the parking lot of Messiah Lutheran Church. Not officially part of the event, but certainly worth a stop is the Odd Ones Bizarre art and craft show from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Millworks (340 Verbeke Street).

Current participants:

1310 Green St.
1528 N 2nd St.
1935 Penn St.
1925 Penn St.
1703 Penn St.
1631 Green St.
1625 N. 4th St.
418 Harris St.
1208 Capitol St.
434 Boas St.
901 N. 6th St. (multiple set up in parking lot of Messiah Lutheran Church)
221 Boas St.
223 Herr St.
224 Herr St.
226 Herr St.
1014 Green St.
1103 Penn St.
1230 N. 3rd St. (multiple set up at Historic Harrisburg Association)
*1007 N. 2nd St.

A shot of the map as of now:

yard sale map

We will have paper maps available at Second City Church (251 Verbeke Street), but as you can see by one stricken address and an asterisk above, this map already needs to be updated. If we have time to make further updates, they’ll be available here. Just in case, we’ll have a list of changes available at Second City Church so you can mark your map manually.

Also available at Second City Church, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. are all-you-can-eat waffles! Admission is just $5 per person (with one child under 10 eating free with a paid accompanying adult), which all goes to benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Even if you’re not interested in waffles or yard sales, you’re certainly welcome to stop by to join or renew your Friends of Midtown membership or purchase an FOM shirt or #ShopMidtown coupon book or reusable shopping bag.

Outdoor Film Series Fully Funded!


Last summer, Friends of Midtown worked with the Midtown Cinema to bring a series of six free outdoor films to Midtown. Thousands of neighbors and visitors took advantage of this offer, which was made possible only through the generous sponsorship of several individuals and businesses.

Now we’re working to bring it back. From June through August, neighbors may view a mix of such classics and family-friendly films as Grease (singalong), Guardians of the GalaxyGodzilla vs. Megalon (featuring Down in Front! comedy riffing), Back to the FutureHook, and The Goonies.

The entire project will cost about $6500, but we won’t charge admission to the events,so we sought sponsors to offset the expected costs.

So far, we’ve raised or received pledges for $6642:

$1000 from the Auchincloss Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
$1000 from the Form Foundation Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communitys on behalf of Seward and Debra Ryan
$500 from the Carter Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
$500 from Yellow Bird Cafe
$500 from Aangan Express
$500 from Friends of Patty Kim
$500 from Ted’s Bar & Grill Midtown
$500 from GK Visual
$500 from WCI Partners
$500 from TheBurg
$150 donation
$100 donation
$100 donation
$100 donation
$50 donation
$25 donation
$20 donation
$20 donation
$20 donation
$10 donation
$47 in small-bill donations

Olimometer 2.52

Any additional donations we receive will improve this year’s event, cover unexpected costs, or be saved for next year’s event.

Help distribute our winter newsletter

Each season, Friends of Midtown distributes more than 3000 paper newsletters throughout Midtown. It’s our most ambitious method of spreading word about our upcoming events, like the MLK Day of Service, our Winter Social and Annual Meeting, or Board Game Day. To accomplish this, we need the help of about a dozen volunteers for one or two weekends. If you’re able to help share our January, February, and March events with neighbors for an hour or more between now and January 10, please contact us.

2016 #ShopMidtown coupon book available

In case you haven’t heard, our new #ShopMidtown coupon books have arrived. The book is bigger this year, with 56 coupons from 50 businesses, but the price is the same: just $10 per book, with Friends of Midtown members paying only $8. Plus, for as long as they remain, we’ll give you a complimentary 2015 #ShopMidtown coupon book, which contains 41 coupons from 32 businesses still valid through the end of December, when you purchase a new book. They make a great gift for anyone who lives in, works in, or visits Harrisburg.

November 28 is a great opportunity to buy a book. As part of Small Business Saturday, we’ll be selling books near the courtyard entrance in the brick building of the Broad Street Market. We’ll try to be there all day, volunteer depending, but we’ll definitely be present from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

You could even take advantage of our #ShopMidtown special, two #ShopMidtown reusable shopping bags and a #ShopMidtown coupon book for only $20 ($15 for current FOM members), available only November 28 at the Market.

Can’t make it tomorrow? You can buy them online, too, and arrange to pick them up at a future event or have them shipped to you. We just established a cart-based checkout system, so let us know if you have any difficulties or recommendations for improvement.

The #ShopMidtown coupon book isn’t the only way you can shop to support Friends of Midtown this weekend. You could use AmazonSmile for those things you can’t find nearby and Amazon will donation a portion of your purchase to Friends of Midtown.

Midtown Person of 2015 Nominations Sought

A nominee should demonstrate the core goals of the Friends of Midtown: Strengthen the intrinsic physical structures of community by promoting a pedestrian-scaled streetscape that is safe and clean; Stimulate Midtown’s economic revitalization by encouraging small business growth that contributes to a more livable community and quality of life for all; Spark public participation through events and activities that celebrate Midtown’s diverse culture and contribute to community well-being. To nominate someone, please send us your name and address, the nominee’s name and address, and a paragraph about the nominee.

Halloween Haunted House

Our free Halloween Haunted House returns to Midtown on October 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We’re working with youth from the Neighborhood Center’s TECH program to develop a frightening, but fun theme of the dangers of radiation. Those trick-or-treaters too young for this scary attraction may still have candy.

We could still use some volunteers, so if you can help, please contact our Events Committee.

Whether you’re participating in the haunted house, taking your children out for candy, or not distributing treats for any reason, please ensure safety by keeping your porch lights on and post this flyer on your door to redirect youth to the Haunted House.

Seeking Input for Wayfinding Maps

in 2012, Urban 3D developed wayfinding maps listing businesses and other attractions n Midtown. The maps are being updated, but we’re seeking your input to assure we didn’t miss anything. Please take a moment to look at the map and let us know if any new businesses were excluded, any included businesses have closed, or anything is misspelled or misplaced.